DIY – Building a Hop Spider

August 28th, 2013

hop-spider-finalThis is one of the easiest, high reward DIY projects you can do as a homebrewer.  For just over $25 and about 10 minutes of your time you can build a hop spider which will dramatically reduce the hop particles and other particulates in your beer.

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Building and Brewing Your Own Session Beer

August 23rd, 2013

session-beer-fermentingAre session beers the next big thing for the craft beer drinkers and homebrewers?  I don’t know about you, these sub 5% abv beers are for me.  Session beers are my go to beer now; a beer with great flavors that is not going to mess you up after a glass or two.  Don’t get me wrong I enjoy a big beer here and there, but almost any day of the week I’m going to gravitate towards the lower abv beers.

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NJ State Fair Homebrew Competition Score Review

August 13th, 2013

scoresheet-nj-statefair2NJ State Fair homebrew competitions is one of my favorites, probably because I won best in show in 2010, but it’s also my home state largest competition and I like to “brew” local.  Unfortunately this year I didn’t win or place in any of the categories I entered.  However, I thought I would share the results of my entries with you and they are not all pretty.

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NHC2013 retrospective

July 19th, 2013

nhc club nightA couple weeks ago I went to my first Nation Homebrewers Conference (NHC) and it was probably one of the best beer events I’ve been to in a long time. So what took me so long to write about it? I figured if waited a bit I would really only remember the real highlights and lowlights. Being from Jersey, I was thrilled that this years NHC would be just a quick car ride down the turnpike; Philly is such a great beer town. Besides it was a great excuse to get over to Monks to have some Cantillon Classic Gueuze and Mussels.
Here’s are my highlights from NHC2013
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IPA Glassware, Does it Make a Difference

June 21st, 2013

ipa-glassware-packageMy family has always been extremely supportive of my beer endeavors, for Father’s Day I received a set of 4 IPA Glasses crafted by Spiegelau in collaboration with Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada.   First and foremost, these are cool looking glasses, regardless if they make an IPA better; I’ll still be using these glasses.  Back to the fun, with my In-laws over for dinner on Father’s Day we thought it would be fun to see if these glasses were better then the glass what I usually use for IPA’s, a Pokal glass.   With a sixpack of Dogfish Head 60minute IPA in hand, the fun begins.

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How Brauphroaig Came Into Its Own

June 18th, 2013

peat-smoke-steepWith the National Homebrewing Conference coming up those of us bring beer want to bring something special/unique to the conference.  I’m bring a bunch of beers including Brauphroiag.  Brauphroiag is a whiskey barrel aged peat-smoked porter.  I’m a huge fan of peaty scotch, so I thought I would bring a beer inspired for my love of peaty scotches’.  Bonus points if you can guess where the name comes from, it’s not that tough!

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